Looking Forward: Sri Lanka (plus a competition!)

Looking Forward: Sri Lanka (plus a competition!)

Update: this competition is now closed.

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about our tentative itinerary for an upcoming trip to Asia that was supposed to start in February. That didn’t happen.

This time, though, we’re a bit more determined to make our first jaunt together to Asia go ahead, and with no reason to stay in Europe over winter, we’d love to escape the cold and head somewhere warmer. Sri Lanka is still at the top of that list.

If we do make it there later this year, below are a few of the things we’d like to see and experience on the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Don’t forget to read till the end to find out how to enter a competition with the chance to win vouchers of £150 value.


This quirky colonial city looks like just our kind of place, with a laid-back vibe, cool street art and seaside sunset viewing opportunities. If things align themselves right, this is one town we may end up staying in for a little longer and renting an apartment for a couple of weeks.


I’ve heard that this may be the best beach in all of Sri Lanka, a claim that definitely merits further investigation. While Zab is a much more natural beach bum than me (I find it hard to just sit all day on a beach and call that a good time), I am keen to get in some beach time if we visit Sri Lanka, so why not head to one of the best?


Whether or not we end up hiking all the way up Adam’s Peak, the country’s highest peak, Ella seems like a great place to base ourselves for some hiking, especially of the easier variety which we are quite fond of.


With so many ancient and no doubt impressive ruins in Sri Lanka, it would be easy to spend much of our trip getting lost among piles of old stones and not fully appreciating their significance. For that reason, we would likely want to focus on just one such place, and from everything I’ve read, it seems that Polonnaruwa would be a good fit.


Sri Lankan cuisine being so vegan-friendly is a big part of the reason we are so keen to visit, as having access to a wide variety of local food that just happens to be vegan would make experiencing the country both more relaxing and immersive.


Seeing as I’m British, you might be forgiven for thinking that I grew up loving tea. Wrong. I never really liked tea of any kind until just recently. Now, with that newfound appreciation for it, I’ve become more and more interested in its origin and would like to see how it’s grown, harvested and produced, so we can add this to the list of reasons why we’re keen on visiting Sri Lanka, the world’s fourth biggest tea producer.


As I mentioned at the beginning, we’re also introducing a competition today. We’ve partnered up with Southall Travel to give you the chance to win a £150 voucher towards any holiday through their site. Just a few more things to bare in mind regarding the competition:

  • You must be a UK resident over 18 years old to enter
  • The voucher will be valid for 3 months from the date of issue and the travel dates have to be within 1 year
  • The competition runs until Wednesday 28th October
  • For the full terms and conditions, see here

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment in answer to the question below and fill in the form. The winner will be picked at random and contacted after 28th October.

Culture, cuisine, glorious beaches, heritage sites and wildlife is on cards. Is there any other aspects or places that you think I should explore while I am in Sri Lanka? Let me know in the comments!

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